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With over 400 years of combined fine jewelry knowledge, our professional team is comprised of graduate gemologists from the Gemological Institute of America, certified watchmakers, master jewelers, jewelry repair specialists, appraisal experts, and jewelry buyers.
From left to right:
Top Row: Ethan Bollivar, Jonathan Melton, Kristofor Buss. Bottom Row: Brandon Strange, Dean Powell (Watch Department Manager), Ryan Shoultz.
From left to right:
Leda Ruppel, Tim Hoehn (Manager), Alexis Snow, Dirk Brinker (Vice President), Ede Stanley, Stacey Campbell, Emily Wyman, Dean Brinker (President), Jeannie Johnson, Tish McDaniel, Scott Ellison (Manager), Kelli Carter.
111 South Green River Road
Evansville, IN 47715
Monday – Friday:
10:00am – 6:00pm
10:00am – 5:00pm
18701 North Silverleaf Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Tuesday – Saturday:
9:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday – Monday:
Alexis started in 2009 at Brinker’s Jewelers, the day after she graduated High School. She started as a polisher, and trained under the Jewelers for 4 years before moving to the bench. While at the bench, Alexis attended the New Approach School for Advanced Stone Setting and completed her Graduate Gemologist from GIA. Alexis spent 8 years at the bench before taking on her new role as Manufacturing Manager. This new role allows her to use her expertise from behind the bench to work with customers to guarantee they get exactly what they are looking for. Alexis loves learning, and prides herself on being a sponge for knowledge and growth and encourages her fellow team members to learn along with her. Her favorite part of working in the jewelry industry is the emotional connections clients have with their jewelry. “It is an honor getting to design and create something so special that will be enjoyed generationally.”
Her favorite piece of jewelry she ever made was a very sentimental family pendant made from her great grandfather’s wedding band. Soldered inside were the birthstone’s of her grandparent’s children and diamonds that represented their grandchildren. The diamonds that were used came from her grandfather’s wedding band. The ring was already missing some stones but funnily enough, the amount of diamonds that remained perfectly matched the number of grandchildren that were born. This piece is still worn proudly by her grandmother.
Alexis looks forward to working with you until she retires from Brinker’s Jewelers in 2055!
Cru started working at Brinker’s Jewelers in 2019 as an engraver. After being exposed to the jewelry aspect, he decided to pursue that avenue. Cru has grown up around Brinker’s Jewelers as his mother, Tish McDaniel has been a long time employee. He is currently taking GIA classes to be a certified Gemologist.
Alan’s stepfather, Nate, is a wholesaler who has been selling to Dean and the Brinker’s for quite some time now. Alan went with him to Brinker’s once and that’s when he met Dean. This was all prior to him going to school, New Approach in Arrington, TN. As he went through school, the more he started to love and appreciate jewelry, he felt right at home. Alan says that, “This profession allows me to be precise, accurate, and as neat as I want, which really fits my personality and the way I like to work. I love being able to put my own personality into my work. I can do something different with my process, but still have the same outcome as another jeweler, and that’s exciting to me.” He feels it’s extremely rewarding to see something go from its raw form, metals, stones, etc., to putting a stone in a constructed piece, and that being polished into something beautiful someone will want to wear.
Meet David Michael Greene. Growing up, David learned a lot from his grandfather who is a jeweler in Rockport, Indiana. At the age of eight, David’s grandfather began teaching him how to carve wood which helped his skills of creating jewelry from carving waxes. David would sit and watch him work for hours, and at the age of 13 he gave David his own jewelry bench, a Maelynn Jewelry Bench.
When David started high school he began to take a jewelry class. During high school he entered a contest at the Evansville Museum for 3 dimensional arts and won first place there, as well as a merit award from the University of Southern Indiana.
At 17 years old, David started working for Brinker’s Jewelers in Evansville, Indiana, where he worked for 27 years. He then moved to Phoenix, Arizona and worked for a wonderful company called Coffin & Trout Jewelers for two years, then moved to Knoxville TN for about a year and worked for another great company, Kimball’s Jewelers. Now, David is back home at Brinker’s.
Throughout his years, David has taken several classes to further his jewelry knowledge; from basic repair to advanced micro pave setting. He has even had the opportunity to teach classes. “Jewelry has been my life and my love for many years.”
David also loves being in the outdoors, traveling, and seeing new places. He loves photography, which he did professionally for 13 years, and had his own studio. David was voted best photographer in Evansville Living magazine.
Lance has been a jeweler for 24 years and joined Brinker’s Jewelers in 2018. He studied art and graphic design in college. Lance loves the art aspect of jewelry and the customer’s reaction to their jewelry piece is the greatest reward.
Brittney was first introduced to jewelry making as a teen in high school. She has always loved all things art, and at the time Central High School offered a jewelry class, taught by Miss Dowhie. Ever since taking that class Brittney knew she had found her career and calling in life.
Brittney has been in the industry for around 8 years so far. She started working for Brinker’s Jewelers as a polisher and did that for around 2 1/2 years before becoming a jeweler. She obtained her Accredited Jewelry Professional Certificate (AJP) from the Gemological School Institute of America (GIA) and hopes to one day earn her Graduate Gemologist Certificate. Brinker’s Jewelers has made a wonderful career and home for Brittney.
“It is humbling, and awesome, to be surrounded by so many people with such talent! From the sales staff, to the master jewelers I am privileged to work with and learn from daily, we really have a great team at Brinker’s! Honestly, for me, there is nothing like working at the jewelers bench. There is just something about the challenge of learning how to work with precious metals, learning to control the heat of a torch’s flame, as well as setting diamonds and gemstones that is addicting. Then, taking all of those techniques and creating a piece for someone to give their loved one, that can potentially be shared through generations, is a wonderful feeling.”
Meghan first joined the Brinker’s team in Evansville, IN in 2007 after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in jewelry. Starting out as a polisher, she worked her way up to being a full time bench jeweler and stone setter, later becoming the manager of the jewelry repair and design department. During her time at Brinker’s, Meghan earned a Graduate Gemologist diploma from the Gemological Institute of America and participated in the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers. In 2014, Meghan decided to expand her skill set and broaden her knowledge of the jewelry industry by taking a gemological position at one of Tiffany & Co.’s manufacturing facilities. After earning a MBA, Meghan transferred to Tiffany and Co.’s Diamond Division in New York as part of the operations management team where she was instrumental in training and Continuous Improvement.
When the opportunity arose, the Brinkers were excited to bring Meghan’s fine jewelry and gemological experience to the Silverleaf community. Her acute attention to detail and quality craftsmanship is demonstrated in her design and repair work. In addition, renewing her membership with the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers allows Meghan to provide custom appraisals prepared with professional skill and integrity to clients seeking a comprehensive report for their fine jewelry pieces.
Having relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona from Southern California in the spring of 2022, Alex was excited to continue her career in the jewelry industry by joining the team at Brinker’s Jewelers at The Silverleaf Club. She previously worked for a family owned, retail jewelry store for 8 years as a sales professional and fell in love with the industry and the joy it brings to clients. Uniting a customer and that one truly meaningful item is precisely what makes this business enjoyable for Alex. Seeing a client’s face light up when their vision comes to life in a custom design is unequivocally one of the most rewarding aspects of being part of this trade. Alex is currently working towards earning an Applied Jewelry Professional diploma through the Gemological Institute of America and is excited to continue her educational journey.
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